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Judge blocks healthcare vaccine mandate for some

Protesters rally on Oct. 28 at the state Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the states now exempt from enforcing a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. Associated Press/Photo by David Pitt

Judge blocks healthcare vaccine mandate for some

U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp in Missouri ruled in favor of 10 states that filed the first legal challenge to the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare professionals. Schelp said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid lacked congressional authority to require more than 17 million workers in health facilities and home care providers across the country to receive at least one coronavirus shot by Dec. 6. The mandate allowed employees to request medical and religious exemptions.

What happens next? U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have not said whether they will appeal the injunction, which states that maintaining the status quo for hospitals and facilities will prevent worker shortages. Several other states have mounted similar lawsuits. Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming will be exempt from vaccination requirements while the case is pending.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties that explains the legal challenges against vaccine mandates for businesses.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a WORLD reporter and a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College. She resides in Washington, D.C.


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